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KunstlerCast #210: Too Much Magic

Released: July 12, 2012 JHK discusses his newly published nonfiction book Too Much Magic: Wishful Thinking, Technology, and the Fate of the Nation, (Altantic Monthly Press, 2012). Kunstler considers Magic to be an update on his 2005 book “The Long Emergency.” He says it was time to issue a reality testing report from reality central. more »

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KunstlerCast #201: Listener Mailbag

Light Pollution, the Printed Page v. the Screen & More Released: April 12, 2012 JHK fields listeners calls about the healthcare industry and its future in the Long Emergency, the validity of peak oil, cognitive ability to retain information from a computer screen vs. the printed page, and light pollution. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_201.mp3 (25 MB more »

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KunstlerCast #190: The Trust Horizon

Growing Mistrust for Government in the U.S. Released: Jan. 19, 2012 JHK discusses the concept of “The Trust Horizon,” which he first came across on one of his favorite blogs, The Automatic Earth blog. As the economy contracts, Americans are gazing at the “Trust Horizon” for big government. On the other hand, more people are more »

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KunstlerCast #188: Forecast 2012

JHK’s New Year’s Resolution Released: Jan. 5, 2012 JHK discusses his 2012 Annual Forecast. He thinks this may be the year that we discover that shale gas and oil is just another bubble, simply a destination for hot money to make returns in a financial landscape that doesn’t offer many. He also mentions a recent more »

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KunstlerCast #186: John Michael Greer

Apocalypse Not, Green Wizardry and Techno-Narcissism Released: Dec. 22, 2011 John Michael Greer, author of The Long Descent, The Wealth of Nature and, most recently, Apocalypse Not, joins JHK and Duncan by phone to speak about 2012 apocalypse scenarios, Green Wizardry, politics and techno narcissism. Greer explains how the 1970s were the last time that more »

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KunstlerCast #179: The Long Emergency vs. NYC’s Resurgency

JHK Debates Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White Released: Nov. 3, 2011 In this special episode we listen to a recording from: “The Long Emergency vs. NYC’s Resurgency: A Debate about the Future of Cities” featuring Transportation Alternatives Executive Director Paul Steely White and author James Howard Kunstler. Jeff Olson of Alta Planning & more »

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KunstlerCast #175: Despotic Christian Theocrats on the Rise

Spiritual Warfare in the American Long Emergency Released: Oct. 6, 2011 There’s a crazy Christian cult on the rise in the US and JHK believes Americans needs to watch out. The New Apostolic Reformation is a dangerous movement exerting its influence on the American political sphere during a time when this country is so fraught more »

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KunstlerCast #174: Big Sky Country

Montana Now and in The Long Emergency Released: Sept. 29, 2011 After a recent visit to Montana, JHK asks: What is living in a town in Montana all about? It seems like it’s mostly about the scenery outside of town, not the town itself: the streets are too wide, the buildings too low and the more »

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KunstlerCast #171: The End of Growth – Part 2

JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg Released: Sept. 1, 2011 In the conclusion of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, techno-grandiosity, the fate of industrial aggriculture and the suburban more »

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KunstlerCast #170: The End of Growth – Part 1

JHK Speaks to Richard Heinberg Released: Aug. 25, 2011 In part one of this one-hour conversation, Richard Heinberg, author of Peak Everything, The Party’s Over and the newly published The End of Growth joins James Howard Kunstler by phone to talk about peak oil, financial dysfunction, political convulsions and generational conflict. *If you can’t wait more »

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KunstlerCast #169: Will TLE Put an End to Spontaneous Behavior?

Car Dependency and the American National Character Released: Aug. 18, 2011 A listener asks if American’s cherished value of spontaneity is inextricably bound to car dependency. JHK shares his thoughts on the American National Character and how it may change during The Long Emergency. Topics include: Alexis de Tocqueville, Carmageddon, Convenience, Car Sharing. Direct Download: more »

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KunstlerCast #163: Triumph of the City – Part 2

JHK Critiques Ed Glaeser’s Ideas on Urbanism Released: July 7, 2011. JHK continues his critique of the ideas in Ed Glaeser’s best-selling book Triumph of the City by using excerpts from a talk the Harvard economist gave during the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). Though Glaeser is an advocate for cities in general, more »

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KunstlerCast #162: Triumph of the City – Part 1

JHK Critiques Ed Glaeser’s Ideas on Urbanism Released: June 29, 2011. JHK critiques the ideas in Ed Glaeser’s best-selling book Triumph of the City by using excerpts from a talk the Harvard economist gave during the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU 19). Though Glaeser is an advocate for cities in general, Kunstler feels that more »

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KunstlerCast #161: Cities of the Future

Orion Magazine Interviews JHK Released: June 23, 2011. In a special cross promotion, James Howard Kunstler appears on the Orion Magazine podcast for a full episode. Kunstler’s newest essay, Back to the Future: A road map for tomorrow’s cities, appears in the July/August 2011 issue of Orion magazine. Orion Magazine Managing Editor Andrew Blechman (a more »

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KunstlerCast #157: When McDonald’s Comes to Town

A Community Design Debate Released: May 19, 2011. JHK and Duncan look at two new McDonald’s projects in their home towns and touch upon some universal issues with regards to these types of developments appearing throughout North America. Using the comments on a local newspaper blog, they gague how members of the community are reacting more »

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KunstlerCast #153: 2010 U.S. Census Figures

Suburbia is Empowered by the Numbers Released: April 21, 2011 The 2010 U.S. Census figures have led to a newly empowered suburban electorate. But the figures also indicate that several major U.S. cities are increasing in population at their cores. JHK offers some analysis. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_153.mp3 (25 MB | 28:51 mins.) Listener Caller Line: more »

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KunstlerCast #151: Energy Delusions

Fantasies About Our Oil Dependency Released: April 7, 2011 James Howard Kunstler believes Americans and their leaders are lying to themselves about our current energy predicament. There is a tremendous body of fantasy about how much energy Americans can harvest from shale gas, shale oil, tar sands, running the American truck fleet on natural gas more »

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KunstlerCast #150: Suburban Sprawl in the Rust Belt

And The Diminishing Returns Become Self-Evident Released: March 31, 2011 James Howard Kunstler reacts to a recent letter published by Rustwire.com titled “Michigan CEO: Soul-Crushing Sprawl Killing Business.” Kunstler believes that the diminishing returns of suburbia are becoming self-evident to people of all walks of life, and this piece of writing is yet another example. more »

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KunstlerCast #144: American Jitney

Slugging and Couch Surfing in the USA Released: Feb. 17, 2011 JHK discusses slugging and couch surfing and other casual self-organizing transportation and lodging systems that are emerging under new terms of existence in a less affluent USA. Note: This episode contains explicit language Direct Download: KunstlerCast_144.mp3 (24 MB | 34:39 mins.) Listener Caller Line: more »

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KunstlerCast #142: Forecast 2011

Time for a Reset Released: Jan. 27, 2011 James Howard Kunstler speaks about his annual forecast for 2011. Although there are a lot of people out there cheering for a “recovery,” JHK believes it’s time for a reset. He foresees food shortages, financial strain and political troubles ahead. Read Jim’s Forecast 2011. Note: This episode more »

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KunstlerCast #125: Cassandra, A Thought Experiment

JHK Travels Back in Time to Warn The American People of the Future that Awaits Them Released: Sept. 16, 2010. Duncan asks JHK what he would say to the American people of 1946 if he had the means to travel back in time. What would Kunstler tell them about the suburban dream as promised to more »

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KunstlerCast #123: The Witch of Hebron

In-Depth Interview by Peter Golden Released: Aug. 26, 2010. Journalist/Author Peter Golden interviews James Howard Kunstler about The Witch of Hebron (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2010), the second novel in Kunstler’s World Made By Hand series. Without giving away any important plot points, Golden explores the major themes in this autumn story set in a world more »

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KunstlerCast #121: Modern Family Living

Reacquainting With Our Relatives Released: Aug. 12, 2010. James Howard Kunstler muses on the suburban family living arrangement–past, present, future. Points of discussion include: “Boomerang Kids” (a.k.a. adult children living in their parents’ home), caring for seniors, and learning to live in closer proximity to family members. Direct Download: KunstlerCast_121.mp3 (38 MB | 32:35 mins.)

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KunstlerCast #114: Agrarian Urbanism

The New New Urbanism? Released: May 27, 2010. James Howard Kunstler recently returned from the 18th Annual Congress for the New Urbanism. Agrarian urbanism was a hot topic among many New Urbanists at the Congress and in this episode Kunstler takes the time to explore the topic of food production in cities. Rising energy prices more »

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KunstlerCast #106: Space Exploration

An Exercise in Techno-grandiosity? Released: April 8, 2010. As NASA prepares to retire its space shuttle program, James Howard Kunstler takes a few moments to muse on the past, present and future of space exploration. Personally, JHK is glad that our government is cutting funding for space exploration. He’s not sure what the 20th Century more »

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